Agencies use the Partnership’s Federal Student Ambassadors program to reach specific colleges or universities and raise interest in their career opportunities, build long-term relationships with campus stakeholders and create pipelines of qualified talent for key positions.
Through the power of peer-to-peer recruiting, the Federal Student Ambassadors program draws on students to promote federal service and share their own positive experiences. The Partnership carefully selects, screens, trains and coaches students who have recently completed a federal internship to become student ambassadors so that they are passionate advocates for agency-specific opportunities.
Agencies benefit from being able to:
The Department of Energy Student Ambassadors Program has exceeded our expectations. It is a cost-effective means to brand and market our jobs directly to students while sustaining a credible and interactive presence on college campuses.
Interns are uniquely qualified to advocate for agencies when they return to campus. Based on qualities that make a successful ambassador, as well as agency-specific criteria, the Partnership selects interns who are best suited to passionately and effectively promote agency opportunities.
The Partnership structures the program based an agency’s identified hiring needs. Whether an agency wants to increase diversity, promote particular positions, reach underrepresented populations (such as student veterans or people with disabilities), or seek out individuals with specific mission-critical skill sets, we equip ambassadors to further those goals.
Working with the agency, the Partnership gives ambassadors the tools they need to successfully promote an agency on their campus. We provide intensive training, agency webinars, professional development and one-on-one coaching. In addition, we continuously monitor the ambassadors’ progress against the agencies’ goals to ensure optimal return on investment.
Using knowledge of their campus culture, ambassadors coordinate strategic outreach to students with mission-critical skills or backgrounds and raise awareness of opportunities at an agency by hosting events, conducting marketing activities and meeting with student leaders. In addition, their everyday access to key faculty and staff builds the foundation for long-term relationships with their campuses.
Last year, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) hired a total of 72 interns for their summer internship program, of which 20.7% came from ambassadors’ schools.
The placement rate of applicants referred by ambassadors was 10% higher than those who applied independently, showcasing the ambassadors’ ability to find the “right” talent.